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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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Whether you rent or own, you want the best security camera system for keeping an eye on your home while you’re gone. That used to entail signing on with a professional—and pricey—security service like ADT. But a boom in consumer-level smart-home tech is putting indoor and outdoor home surveillance into our own hands.

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These close cousins of webcams require minimal installation and offer flexible setups and a range of security features. Indeed, the offerings vary widely by camera, and deciding what to buy gets more daunting as this category grows ever more crowded. But whether you’re looking for an easy way to check on your kids and pets, or a full-service sentinel to monitor for intruders, we’ll help find the right product for your needs.

Updated November 14 to add our review of the Ring Stick Up Cam Wired (2018 edition). This is Amazon’s first indoor security camera (it can also be used outdoors), and it’s a great companion for the Ring Alarm home security system. But we still think most people who don’t use Ring Alarm will be better served by the Arlo Pro 2 security camera, which can also operate indoors and out.